AOC backs psychedelic decrim; Study: Marijuana use disorder diagnoses decline as legalization spreads; SD gov opposes cannabis ballot measures
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In an interview with Marijuana Moment, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) said that an impeachment trial could delay consideration of cannabis financial services legislation—though not necessarily moreso than other issues needing floor time.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke about her support for decriminalizing psychedelic drugs and legalizing marijuana equitably in a video message recorded for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
“I am so encouraged and glad that all of you are here, and know that we are fighting shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight to not only decriminalize marijuana, to not only legalize marijuana, but to do so in a way that is just, that is humane, that doesn’t exacerbate so many of the injustices from the war on drugs.”
A study found that cannabis use disorder diagnoses among people who consume marijuana every day are declining, with the researchers reasoning that “legalization may also be associated with changes in social attitudes resulting in fewer conflicts with relatives and friends around cannabis use.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service, in a Federal Register notice about its decision to list fisher as an endangered species, discussed the dangers of rodenticide use at illegal cannabis grow sites and said that “it is unknown whether or how the legalization of marijuana will change grow-site location and potentially affect exposure and mortality rates of fishers.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted, “Philadelphia police stopped 25,000 cars because they ‘smelled marijuana.’ 84% were African American drivers. They found marijuana only 12% of the time. Our job must be to end the War on Drugs—and get racial bias out of law enforcement at the same time.”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said that the biggest hurdles to marijuana reform are “the Trump Administration and the Republicans in Congress who don’t want to see our criminal justice system change for people of color.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R)